Brooke Walker - IFBB Physique Pro
Brooke talks with Models Observer after her 4th place at the Arnold Classic 2017.
Brooke: Growing up, I always participated in sports. I have always had a competitive drive. I knew once I graduated from high school I wanted to pursue a career within the fitness industry. The human body has always amazed me, and muscle is exceptionally beautiful, the will power, sacrifice, determination an individual has to have in order to achieve this particular look has intrigued me. I wanted to challenge myself and see just how far I could push myself. So I took the idea of competing and ran with it, I have been hooked ever since!
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Diet and Training
My diet doesn't change much from in season to off season. I ONLY eat fish/eggs no meat products. Only because I am a big animal person, I don't frown on those that do, it's just a preference and I would not be surprised if I go complete vegan at some point in my life.
Portions change usually, and cheat meals are planned a little more accordingly and as needed when I am in prep for a show.
The thing that I find to be most beneficial and useful is consistency, eat clean, train hard, do your cardio and you will get results. Be willing to suffer. If you look for an easier way out, you have already lost.
I have been very blessed and have really stuck to the same plans when I prep for shows. I'm not a picky eater, I enjoy my meals and consume just about the same things every single day. I find that as long as I keep my body in check during off season and rebound properly after shows, I will respond just as I should when I begin preparing for another contest. Just because your not in prep doesn't mean you should eat anything and everything simply because you can. As I said I do enjoy my meals and have quite the appetite but I also keep in mind I'm eating for fuel and performance.
There are no tricks when I train and eat. I train hard, usually reps are until I fail. I incorporate compound movements, bench press, squats, deadlifts. Some days I train better, other days I feel super weak. However I still stay consistent even if I am having a bad day.
I do cardio in season and off season. Maybe not as long, but I never totally eliminate it.
When it comes to eating, I basically eat from this list:
Oatmeal, cream of rice, brown rice, sweet potatoes
Veggies such as asparagus, broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts
And good fats, I usually use nuts of some sort
And tons of water
No tricks, I don't make it complicated. There is not some crazy science to it. I just think people look for quick results and an easier option. If they don't look the way they want in a matter of weeks they blame it on someone else and quit instead of just making it a lifestyle and pushing through.
I cheered growing up, so I think that has definitely helped me step on stage with confidence. However I legitimately enjoy showcasing my physique. That's the best part, as an athlete we spend so much time prepping, training, doing crazy amounts of cardio. The moment you step on stage, that's the part you get to say "look at me and what I have done" stepping on stage is the best part, I truly enjoy every moment of it!
The Arnold Classic was my last show. It was all around an amazing experience from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. The athletes, judges, staff, fans, spectators were all great! Definitely one of the best weekends of my life.
My future plans is just to get better. I want to make an impact in this industry. I want to be a role model for others and set a positive example. The ultimate goal is to step on the Olympia stage and be a contender. I'll take it day by day, but also look at each and every day as an opportunity to get better!